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March 26, 2014

Closing arguments in Marcum trial begin Thursday morning



She added that Frazier Singleton told her she was scared of her husband because he would choke her until she almost passed out while they were having sex.

Nichols also mentioned the fake IDs, saying Singleton had told her he makes “$1,000 a piece out of it.” She also recalled Singleton saying that if he was sent to jail by a snitch that person would regret it, and he would never be suspected because he was locked up.

However, Nichols gave a very different account of Frazier Singleton’s relationship with Marcum, as well as what she and Sutherland told the police during the investigation.

Nichols testified that it was Frazier Singleton who hated Marcum and was jealous of her. She added that she had only heard Marcum’s voice once, and that was when Singleton put the phone on speaker to yell at his ex-girlfriend.

Nichols also testified that someone else living at the house, and not Marcum, while they were playing game had thrown a softball throught the garage window. Frazier Singleton called police later and convinced others at the house to blame it on Marcum, Nichols said.

After Frazier Singleton’s death, Nichols, who testified that she cannot read or write and has memory problems, said Sutherland, along with Frazier Singleton’s stepmother, Alicia Gibson, and made her copy a statement they had written to give to police. Nichols said she was told she would go to jail if they did not have the same statements. She copied the statement, although she knew some parts of it were false, and it falsely incriminated Marcum, she said.

Nichols told the jury she eventually tried to call the KSP to tell the truth, but as she was calling Gibson knocked her unconscious. The next thing she remembered, Nichols said, was waking up in the hospital.

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